A Community of Faith in the Jupiter, Tequesta and Hobe Sound Area
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
"We Have A Place For You."
Outreach & Missions
Outreach & Missions Committee will meet on Wednesday, October 4, at 7:00 p.m. in the library. Join us!
Your responses will help us to gauge interest in various outreach projects, allowing us to plan most efficiently to serve others. A printable form is available with descriptions of many of the items listed above.
Gleaning on May 20 was a great success!
What is Gleaning? Gleaning is a food recovery strategy that allows produce that is below market grade, but equally nutritious and beneficial to be harvested and distributed to the food insecure of Palm Beach County instead of being plowed back into the soil. Through gleaning hungry persons get fresh produce that food pantries and soup kitchens could never afford to buy themselves.
On May 20, from 8:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Good Shepherd will join gleaning efforts with CROS Ministries who is in partnership with the Palm Beach County Food Bank. Farmers donate produce to CROS Ministries they cannot sell. Volunteers gather the produce which is then taken to the Food Bank for distribution to local agencies with feeding program for homeless persons or low-income families. The food is given away free of charge.
CROS Ministries requires that all participants hand in a completed liability waiver prior to participating. For more information about this event, car pooling, helpful hints, frequently asked questions or to print off the liability waiver prior to going to the field, please go to www.goodsheponline.org, and click on the “Gleaning” link. If you do not have internet access, please call Teresa Grashof at 561-277-9922 for information. Sign up is in the Narthex.
Kairos Prison Ministry
(“I was in prison and you visited me”, Matthew 25:36)
Kairos is an ecumenical prison ministry program with the mission to bring Christ’s love to incarcerated individuals by holding retreats within the prison chapel twice a year. For some, this opportunity is the first time they hear of God’s loving forgiveness. This volunteer program is an off-shoot from the Cursillo movement, at the request of the National Cursillo Center, and is supported by various denominations. Our 50 member teams that go into the prison consist of Episcopalian, Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist, Lutheran, Baptist, Church of God and non-denominational Christians.
In our area, there are two prisons which accept the Kairos Ministry, one is Okeechobee Correctional Institution (OCI) and the other is Martin Correctional Institution (MCI).
If you would like to know more about this ministry, and would like to volunteer for future teams, please contact Jim Couillard or Deacon George Kinard.
Good Shepherd helps families in transition stay together and avoid homelessness by providing meals and support in cooperation with First Presbyterian Church of Tequesta. Watch for the next dates for Family Promise Week.
“Family Promise is an interfaith non-profit organization committed to helping low-income families nationwide achieve lasting independence. This is accomplished by providing shelter, meals, and support services for homeless families and through programs designed to redress the underlying cause of homelessness.” (Family Promise Volunteer Guide)
Options to help include preparing an evening meal, acting as an overnight host or providing something to do on Saturday afternoon. Families are housed at first Presbyterian Church of Tequesta for the week and this time we are especially in need of overnight volunteers to host the families.
Quantum House - Plans are in the works for Good Shepherd volunteers to prepare and serve a dinner for the guests at this house for families with children in the hospital at St. Mary's.
St. George's Dinner Ministry - Volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve meals at the St. George's Center in Riviera Beach. Good Shepherd provides dinner for over 100 hungry people, on the second Wednesday of each month. Info.
Our Little Roses Orphanage - Located in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Our Little Roses provides the opportunity for a childhood that all girls deserve – protection from harm; a safe, healthy and loving home; a chance to learn; the dream of a future, and a foundation in faith.
Responding to need in the Florida Keys after Hurricane Irma.
Good Shepherd is responding to a direct request from an Episcopal Church in the Keys for Winn Dixie gift cards in any denomination. Please bring the cards to Good Shepherd and we will distribute them to the requesting church. We will be collecting the gift cards through Sunday, October 8. Thanks for caring!
Hurricane Harvey assistance opportunity
Episcopal Relief and Development is already raising funds, which will be used to purchase the necessary supplies and provide material support where needed. The organizations “on the ground” have a much better understanding of what is needed and how various resources should be allocated. Therefore, today, we will be gathering a special collection for Episcopal Relief and Development. Please make your checks out to “Good Shepherd Church” and write “Harvey Relief” on the memo line of your check. The church will write a single check to Episcopal Relief and Development. This is most effective and immediate action that we can take at this time.
Please readr Fr. Doug’s pastoral response to this devastating natural disaster.
Good Shepherd offers a robust selection of outreach projects for any level of involvement. Please select any items from the form below. We will contact you via email with program information.